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A spoonful of red velvet mug cake topped with cream cheese frosting.

Red Velvet Mug Cake


This Red Velvet Mug Cake recipe is an easy treat that you can make in a few minutes. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, birthdays…or any day, really!



Red Velvet Mug Cake

  • 4 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Optional: 1/8 teaspoon red food color gel
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mini dark chocolate chips


Preparing mug cake

  1. Prepare the wet ingredients: Whisk the milk, vinegar, vegetable oil and vanilla extract together in a microwave-safe mug. Optional: Add the red food color and mix well.
  2. Add the dry ingredients: Add flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir until a smooth batter is formed.
  3. Microwave on high for 60-90 seconds (cooking time can vary, based on your microwave). Set the cooked mug cake aside to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Top with the cream cheese frosting and some mini chocolate chips. Enjoy immediately! 

Preparing cream cheese frosting

  1. In a small bowl, whip the cream cheese, icing sugar and mini chocolate chips together until smooth. Set the whipped frosting aside, and refrigerate until it’s time to frost your finished mug cake.


  • The use of food coloring is completely optional. It will not affect the taste of your microwave mug cake.
  • Microwave times can vary as the wattage on microwaves can be very different from one model to another. 
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American

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